In Loving Memory of A. Wayne White

The Covington Community Foundation is saddened at the loss of Wayne White, husband of Theresa and father of Kristi and Ryan.  Wayne passed away on Wednesday, December 13.

The Foundation sends it condolences to Wayne’s family and friends.  He will be sadly missed by them and the entire Covington community.  Wayne blessed the community in many ways and in particular though his management role with Covington Foods/County Market.  

The family has requested that memorial contributions go to the Covington Food Pantry.  The Community Foundation manages all donations on their behalf, therefore memorial gifts may be sent to: Covington Community Foundation, Attn: Covington Food Pantry, PO Box 175, Covington, IN 47932 or donations may be made online at: http://www.wicf-inc.org/donations.php.

Gabby Story Named Recipient of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship ~ Fountain County

One Fountain County student has been named recipient of a full tuition four-year scholarship as the Western Indiana Community Foundation 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Fountain County. 

Gabrielle Story will receive full tuition to the Indiana private college or public university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. 

Ms. Story, of Attica High School, has plans to study dental hygiene or labor and delivery nursing.  At the beginning of her senior year, Gabrielle ranked #4 in her graduating class with a 3.71 GPA. 

Gabrielle has served in various roles with the Student Council including president, secretary and treasurer.  She is also a member in good standing with the National Honor Society.   She has participated in volleyball and drama club and has found time to volunteer with the Paws-n-Claws Animal Shelter, the Attica Food Pantry (ASK) and the Parkview Nursing Home. 

One of Ms. Story’s references wrote, “She shows tremendous creativity, originality, and leadership in her work.  Gabrielle has been dedicated and driven, putting the needs of her classmates above her own.  She has served as the president of her class since 7th grade.”  Another said, “She has been a model employee for our company.  Gabby is a hard worker and leads by example and has displayed dignity and class in all her efforts.” 

Ms. Story is the daughter of Delbert and RoseAnn Story of Attica.  

Thirty-five Fountain County students applied for this year’s Lilly Scholarship.  The first phase of the selection process included the high school faculty of each school recommending up to six applicants from their school to be considered by the local scholarship committee representing the same school district. 

The second phase included each scholarship committee reviewing the applications and interviewing each applicant.  Two nominees from each school are selected based on consensus. 

The third phase of the selection process included each of the two nominees from each school being interviewed by the scholarship committees representing the two other school districts.  Each committee member independently scores each applicant in six categories including academic performance, school activities and work, volunteerism, financial need, letters of reference and a personal interview with each committee member. 

Following the final scoring, one nominee and two alternates were forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of the Western Indiana Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient. 

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. 

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state. 

There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.
 

Update: Covington Park Playground Nears $100,000 Goal!

Covington Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the $100,000 matching grant to the “Covington City Park Playground Project” has nearly completed its goal. 

Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation states, “These volunteers are doing such a fantastic job in taking the initiative in raising funds for the project we wanted to encourage them just like we did when we donated $50,000 in January of this year.  Since that time a small group of donors have come together and are willing to match dollar-for-dollar any donation to the playground project up to a total amount of $100,000. To-date $93,000 has been matched by the community.  The matching gift program will run until December 31, 2017.” 

The Friends of the Covington City Park are a local group of citizens that have been working diligently on their plans to replace the ageing playground equipment in the City Park with a state-of-the-art destination playground.  They have already raised $618,000 with an ultimate goal of raising $695,000.  They hope to break ground in Spring 2018.  

Linda McGurk with the Friends group states, “The playground will feature a treehouse, a splash pad, a parkour course, a butterfly garden, and a sand and water play area, as well as traditional playground equipment like swings and slides, the new playground will be completely unique for this part of Indiana.”            

Plans also include a 6’ trike path, outdoor fitness equipment (for active attendees to enjoy), a family restroom, and a covered picnic area. 

Donations can be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, ATTN: Park Playground Project, PO Box 175, Covington, IN 47932-0175.

Recent Grant Recipients

Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
Attica Elementary School ($1,201), Vermillion Trails Alliance ($1,000), City of Attica ($8,450), Attica Main Street ($4,750), Parke-Vermillion Community Pregnancy Center ($410), City of Covington ($1,500), Fountain County 4-H Fairgrounds ($8,170), Rediscover Clinton ($500), Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department ($1,500), ReAttica Public Library ($15,000, Community Action Program ($1,500), Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry ($3,500), Leadership Academy – Fountain County ($2,750), Covington Christian School ($5,750), Vermillion County Fairgrounds/Cayuga Park Grandstand Project ($20,000), Covington Youth Soccer League ($2,300), Clinton Police Department ($500), Veedersburg/Van Buren Township Fire Dept. ($2,000).  More →  

Endowment Funds

Check out these funds that benefit your community.
* Wildcat Scholarship Fund benefits… More →
* Fountain County Courthouse Murals Preservation Fund restores… More →
* Friends of the Rob Roy Covered Bridge help to… More →
* Dr. Roger K. Duncan Education Scholarship Fund provides… More →
* Kingman Volunteer Firefighters Fund assists… More →
* Dr. Leonard & Marsha Orr Fund supports… More →
* Vermillion County Community Fund aids… More   

Memorial & Honor Giving

Fountain and Vermillion County are home to many wonderful people who have made a deep impact in the community. 

Are you looking for a way to memorialize a loved one or friend who is no longer with us?  Or perhaps you would like to honor a family member, friend, co-worker, or service provider who has a positive influence in your daily life?  MEMORIAL & HONOR GIFTS are great ways to honor those who are or have been significant in your life or the life of your community. Your gift will go to the fund you specify, in the name of the one you're honoring. 

All memorial and honor gifts are acknowledged to the person or people you designate so that the loved one's family, or the person you are honoring, is aware of the gift.  Or you can make an anonymous gift if you desire to do so.  The amount of the gift is, of course, confidential and only you will receive a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes.  It's very easy to give a memorial or honor gift – just CLICK HERE to get started.